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Thinking about Work While on Vacation? Most of You Will Just Work Remotely [Infographic]

Thinking about Work While on Vacation? Most of You Will Just Work Remotely [Infographic]

Even while vacationing, it's difficult to completely disconnect from work thanks to the portability of the office. This is the case for over half of respondents, according to a new Cisco WebEx survey of 500 U.S. small business owners (infographic below). The survey, which was conducted for Cisco by Wakefield Research, looks at business owners with 100 or fewer employees, between June 6 and June 14 of this year.  They found that many holiday workers plan to work on an average 18 days this summer, while 15 percent of those surveyed intend to work remotely 36 days or more. Additionally, more... more »
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FalconStor Appoints Louis Petrucelly as CFO

Backup and recovery solutions provider Falconstor  said this week that Louis Petrucelly is now the company’s chief financial officer.   He has been the acting CFO since May and now the promotion has been made more permanent. Petrucelly joined FalconStor in 2007 as director of financial reporting. He quickly made it up the corporate ladder and became director of finance in March 2008, and in May 2012 he got a couple of other titles: vice president of finance and treasurer. The 37 year old executive is retaining these positions even after his latest promotion. “We are happy to promote Louis Petrucelly to the... more »
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Burn After Using: The New Fake Number App That Lets You Cover Your Tracks

Ever been approached by an ugly, or even worse, creepy looking stranger who insists on you giving them your cell phone number? Well, if this has happened more than once in your life, you might just be interested in the new Burner app from Ad Hoc Labs. Burner lets you purchase a new, temporary cell phone number that can be used for a short period of time (up to one week) with your iPhone, without having to give up your real number. Once you’re done with it, the number is simply “burned” away, never to work again. The app costs just $2... more »
A Week of Infiltration, from the Olympics to Dropbox and Beyond

A Week of Infiltration, from the Olympics to Dropbox and Beyond

This week we’ve seen a dipping off of the London Olympics as the schedule begins to wind down, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not looking at it edgewise from the point of view of Big Data—Saroj Kar notices this year people around the world are able to tune in via the Internet, mobile devices, and experience real-time commentary. Capping off the big data discussion you can also pick up a boatload of Big Data statistics in Wikibon’s Comprehensive list of statistics as well; but if you’re more interested in how Big Data is being put to practical use see... more »
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OpenStack Drama Fizzles Out as Elections Continue, But Questions Remain

Earlier this week, OpenStack community leader Jonathan Bryce posted to the community that the recent controversy over the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors resolved with neither side choosing to pursue any further action. But questions over corporate involvement in the OpenStack project still linger. A quick primer: In late July, controversy hit the OpenStack Foundation, the still-developing guiding entity for the OpenStack open source cloud platform, when individual-level member Shanley Kane withdrew her nomination for the Board of Directors amid allegations that a corporate backer attempted to bully her out of the running. In his message to the OpenStack Foundation membership at... more »
Lenovo Targets Dell in Education and Government Market

Lenovo Targets Dell in Education and Government Market

Lenovo is going after Dell's education and government market share, and the Chinese-based multinational IT corporation is not shy about admitting it. In an interview with Bloomberg, Thomas Looney, Lenovo's Vice President and Genernal Manager, said that Dell is the "weakest kid on the playground right now", and Lenovo has made it a point to take advantage of that weakness. Dell is strongly entrenched in the state, local, and federal government, as well as K-12 markets, and Lenovo is actively and aggressively targeting Dell customers in those areas. The company's hope is to set prices low enough and offer the right... more »
Infosys Debuts Cloud Infrastructure Management Service

Infosys Debuts Cloud Infrastructure Management Service

This week Indian outsourcing giant Infosys is launching a new platform for managing cloud services in enterprise environments. The Infosys Cloud Ecosystem Hub is touted as a “self-service catalog” that lets users mix and match offerings from different vendors. There’s a ‘smart brokerage’ feature that can be used to assess 20 parameters that Infosys provides, including a quality of service rating for each provider, technology compatibility and compliance. Infosys cloud head Vishnu Bhat praised the latest addition to his company’s portfolio, saying, "The solution will provide a single-window view of the ecosystem and brings cohesion into an otherwise fragmented IT environment -- across private and... more »
Social Mobile Slows, Dominated by Facebook

Social Mobile Slows, Dominated by Facebook

New figures show that almost 82 million people in the US, or 26 percent of the nation’s population, are now accessing social networks from their mobile phones. But if you happen to be thinking this could be a golden opportunity for your own social networking startup, think again – Facebook has the market all but wrapped up, accounting for 85% of all social mobile traffic. The report comes from eMarkter, who based their estimates on a wide range of traffic and survey data from regulatory agencies and research firms, as well as company-specific data, historical trends, socioeconomic and demographic factors. But while... more »
Adrian Cockcroft Architecture Director at Netflix in #theCube Talking Chaos Monkey and Cassandra

Adrian Cockcroft Architecture Director at Netflix in #theCube Talking Chaos Monkey and Cassandra

John Furrier sat down in theCube to speak with Adrian Cockcroft, Director of architecture for the Cloud Systems team at Netflix, and together they spoke about how Netflix handled the recent power outages, the AWS cloud failure, and how their system has grown from its inception into the behemoth of public cloud power it has become today. It’s been a long, strange road, but in the end the video-streaming network has survived some major outages and come through standing tall. According to Adrian Cockcroft, Netflix has spent the last year getting everything running on Cassandra and Amazon (AWS) . He says... more »
VMware Buys Log Insight to Analyze the Cloud

VMware Buys Log Insight to Analyze the Cloud

VMware is upping its cloud play via a series of acquisitions that the company hopes will help it expand beyond its core virtualization business. The latest in this string of purchases is Log Insight. The solution is offered by a company called Pattern Insight, and offers admins the capability to get a deeper look into their cloud infrastructure. The software digests machine data to identify and preempt technical issues, and is used by the likes of Intel, Motorola, and Qualcomm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but what we do know is that the deal involves both the technology and the... more »

Premium Research

- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.